The beginning of the minor-league season means the return of Eddie's Farm!
Roy Corcoran gave up a 9th-inning triple to Donnie Murphy, and Logan Morrison singled him home for a walk-off 2-1 win for New Orleans. Josh Banks was outstanding in his Opening Day start, throwing 6IP, 3H/1ER, 3K:0BB, the only run coming from a leadoff homer in the third. Gary Majewski threw 2IP of perfect ball to keep it close. The Express got nine hits - two from Bogusevic - as every position player got a hit, except for Jason Castro, who was 0x4. The Express were 0x9 w/RISP, and left 10 on base.
Sergio Perez and the Hooks' pitching staff absolutely dominated the Tulsa Whatevers in a 7-0 win. Perez threw 5IP, 4H/0ER, 4K:1BB, and threw 51 of his 79 pitches for strikes. The bullpen of Henry Villar, Chia-Jen Lo, and Erick Abreu threw 4IP, 1H/0ER, 5K:1BB (4K from C-Lo in 2IP). Jhon Florentino and Wladimir Sutil had two hits each, David Cook had a two-run pinch-hitsingle, and Koby Clemens - hitting cleanup - got his first hit as a Hook, a double.
The JetHawks opened their season with a rough bullpen outing in a 4-3 loss to Bakersfield. Kyle Greenwalt got the start, throwing 5IP, 5H/2ER, 5K:0BB, and was in line for the lead after Lancaster got two runs in the top of the 6th for a 3-2 lead. Brian Wabick came in, gave up two runs in the bottom half of the inning, and David Berner cleaned it up with two scoreless innings. Brandon Barnes and Federico Hernandez both had two hits, with Barnes hitting a solo homer in the 1st, and Hernandez getting the other two RBI. The JetHawks were 1x11 with RISP.
The Legends fought a scoreless duel with Charleston for six innings as Tanner Bushue threw 4.1IP, 1H/0ER, 6K:1BB. Then, in the 7th, Jose Trinidad gave up three straight one-out singles and was replaced by Kirk Clark, who immediately threw a wild pitch, then a passed ball by Jonathan Fixler, and two singles. So it's really not fair to put it on Trinidad, even though he got the loss. Of the six Legends' hits, four came courtesy of J.D. Martinez and Jonathan Meyer - who both also made an error in the game. Jiovanni Mier was 1x4 with 3Ks, and our boy Aaron Bray was not in the lineup.